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“From garden to table at its very best!”

Restaurant Chef & Sommelier
Ranked #73 of 1,597 Restaurants in Helsinki
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed August 12, 2014

...and some of the individual dishes were quite simply stunning. We particularly appreciated the thoughtful, handwritten menu and the attention, knowledge, and dedication of the waitstaff. What impressed us the most, however, was the intimacy of the dining experience: the chef came out to have a conversation with us about the dishes he had created. He took the time to explain with energy and passion the ways in which the kitchen uses parts of the plant and things from the garden that would normally go to waste. What to do with the outer leaves of cabbage plants and the pea shoot pods? Make delightful oils that compliment the dishes. This approach to using the whole plant highlighted the close relationship this small restaurant has with the land and gardens around Helsinki. We opted for the four-course menu and shared the cheese plate, which was spectacular. Some additional highlights were the peas and chamomile (hurry in! this dish is only on the menu for a few weeks); the cabbage and cheese (the most innovative take on sauerkraut we've seen); and the mocha and berry dessert (with green current ice cream in between). Simply exquisite.

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Reviewed August 5, 2014

We made our reservation based on the excellent reviews of the restaurant and it lived up to expectations. The restaurant is located on a quiet residential street close to the sea front. It is unpretentious and welcoming. The staff took great pleasure in providing succinct and clinical explanations of the dishes and wines, although their passion was clear. The menu is large set for you which is unusual and good - for example their take on a summer salad with seasonal fresh peas was an excellent starter. The dessert of fennel and apple sorbet / ice cream was also an invigorating and innovative combination. Perhaps one thing that can be improved is an investment in a good espresso coffee machine to replace the Nespresso. Overall it is deserving of the Michelin star.

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Reviewed June 26, 2014

We booked dinner here on the strength of Tripadvisor recommendations and by the time we arrived in Helsinki they had been awarded a well deserved Michelin star. The passion and ethos of the entire staff was invigorating and inspiring. The ingredients sublime and the innovation thrilling. Almost impossible to pick out highlights but the sorbet topped with kale was amazing and the salted butter pistache was unforgettable. I'd love to have somewhere with just a tenth of the joy and quality of this restaurant anywhere near home. The price was hugely reasonable by Helsinki standards too.

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1  Thank deadyankee
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Reviewed June 25, 2014

Tiny little restaurant that tries to be something, but they really aren't. There are much better restaurants in Helsinki! The food is the biggest dissapointment!

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2  Thank Su L
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Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

I can't recommend this restaurant enough. Handled all food allergies effortlessly. Extremely well priced Michelin Star food - homemade, home grown produce.

Beautiful quaint restaurant that removes unnecessary "busy-ness" from dining and boils it down to it's basics- an incredibly passionate Chef and a well very knowledgable Sommelier.

Biggest treat of the evening was a " Tea" selection instead of a wine selection - a unique experience!

Thank you for a wonderful evening - we will be back.


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